I just found out that CLAYMATION® is a registered trademark. Originally registered in 1981 by one of the minor deities of animation, Will Vinton, the registrations are now owned by Laika, Inc. Until I learned this fact, I assumed that “claymation” was the generic word for stop-motion animation using clay.
What other film industry words are trademarks instead of the generic word for the thing?
STEADICAM® for hand-held camera stabilizers has been a registered trademark since 1976. Who knew? Not me until I looked it up.
In the past I wrote about other trademarks that manage to avoid genericide: PING PONG®, REALTOR®, and CROCKPOT®. Here are some others I found surprising.
MACE® is a trademark for personal security sprays and is owned by Mace Security International, Inc. While we’re on the subject of self-defense, you should also remember that TASER® is a registered trademark for “less lethal weapons” owned by Axon Enterprises, Inc. Use goes back to 1974 and first registered in 1983.
BUBBLE WRAP® was first used as a trademark by Sealed Air Corporation in 1968. The mark was first registered in 1971 and remains a registered mark. If packaging trademarks are your thing, then remember that STYROFOAM® was first registered by The Dow Chemical Company back in 1948.
Big shout out to Maggie F. for letting me know Claymation® is a registered trademark, which led to this post.
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